The Day Before

bold faithTomorrow I will head to Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic with a mission team from The Tree.  Six of us will fly out from Miami.  But it won’t just be us ministering next week, this is actually an International Mission Team, as we have a team of six ladies meeting us from Costa Rica and one from Honduras.  All joined together by One Spirit, to be a witness for Jesus – to share His amazing love!

I always love the anticipation of what is ahead, because I know God has already gone ahead of us, preparing the way!  The fact that there are women from three countries headed to a fourth makes me shake my head in awe at what God has prepared.

I really don’t know the details of our schedule, except that we will be ministering in churches each night, and outreach programs; orphanages, jails, nursing homes, hospitals, during the day.  On Friday night and Saturday, we will host a 2 day conference for the women, an opportunity to give some teaching on the love of Jesus and how to walk in what He died to give us.

There will be tears and laughter, joy and sadness, friendships renewed and new ones forged.  There will be late nights and early mornings, little sleep and lots of coffee, and chocolate.  There will be hearts turned to God and lives changed by Him.

Our theme is BOLD FAITH, we are stepping out and allowing God to do with and through us as He wills, His way.

Our scripture is:   Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your pathsstraight. (Proverbs 3:5,6)

We are trusting, we are acknowledging and we will walk through a path that He has straightened.

In Jesus Name!

Are You Being Tempted?

ImageNo temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.  (1 Corinthians 10:13)

Many times this verse is misused by man, we say, “God will not give us anything we cannot handle”, but that is not what it says.  It says no temptation will come to you that hasn’t already come to others.  It says that God is faithful and when the temptations come, he will provide a way for us to get out of it, so that we can push past it.  The temptation will not destroy us. 

I am thankful that God is faithful, always.  I am thankful that God does give me more than I can handle, because if I could handle everything, what would I have the need of a Savior?  And I am thankful that he always provides answers for us. 

 

Is Your Seed Still in the Barn?

barnI am giving you a promise now while the seed is still in the barn. You have not yet harvested your grain, and your grapevines, fig trees, pomegranates, and olive trees have not yet produced their crops. But from this day onward I will bless you. (Haggai 2:19)

I heard this scripture yesterday and I can’t get it out of my head. Before we even plant the seed, God is promising us a harvest. Does that mean we don’t have to do the work? No … we still have to prepare the soil, plant, weed, water and gather.

But His promise is that if we part, the blessings will come.

In a time of uncertainty, in a world full of discouragement, I am going to plant my seed and let God do the rest!

One Thing

one thing But one thing I do. Forgetting what is behind and straining towards what is ahead.  (Philippians 3:13)

The Apostle Paul knew a lot about God.  Yet his ‘one thing’ advice was to forget the past and move into the future.

I let the past destroy my life for over 18 years.  I mulled over and over again my mistakes.  I didn’t receive God’s forgiveness and I let the lies of the enemy tell me I would never be good enough for God to love me, because I didn’t love myself.

But no more.

Today I press on … forward motion with Jesus!

Dirty Barns

oxenWhere there are no oxen, the manger is empty, but from the strength of an ox come abundant harvests.  (Proverbs 14:4)

I grew up on a farm.  Animals make messes and messes need to be cleaned up.  And messes aren’t pretty.  But with the strength of many oxen, much work can get done.

I don’t use oxen to work today.  I work with people.  But,  people can get messy and messes can turn out to be very un-pretty.  But with a lot of people working together, a lot of work can be done for God’s kingdom.

I am thankful for the mess.  I am thankful for the people.  I am thankful for the harvest.

Beginnings

small beginningsBeginnings: the point of time or space at which anything begins, starts. The initial stage. The origin, the source.

In the Book of John, the first two verses begin: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. (John 1:1,2)

The first book of the Bible, Genesis starts this way: In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.(Genesis 1:1)

When I started school, I began in Kindergarten. I didn’t know much at that time, I had to go through the grade levels to achieve knowledge. When I graduated from college, I had a little more learning under my belt, but the years since have continued to be a wonderful teacher, and I’m still learning each and every day.

When I came to know Jesus on a personal level, I began my journey with him. I didn’t understand all there was to know about Him, but I have spent the last thirteen years gleaming knowledge from studying His Word. There are still many things I don’t understand, but I’m not finished learning yet.

Sometimes in life, we want to skip the beginning, the beginning is always new, sometimes unsure; it can cause us to be uncomfortable, sometimes it might even scare us a little.

We look at others who are farther into their journey and we envy what they have, but we forget that they began at the same place we did, ‘in the beginning.’

I want to encourage you in this beginning of a new year, embrace it;  turn the page of the past and step into the gift of today that God has for you!

LOVE

thing-called-loveLove is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails …

I want to be love.